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Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! If you are like me the holidays seem to creep up, and I am nowhere near prepared. I end up last minute shopping for food, decorations and gifts and end up spending a lot more than I should.
Every year I say I am going to start earlier, so I can spend less, but then life gets in the way and it never happens.
My personal finance blogging friends are lending a hand by providing some great advice. Enjoy their tips and tricks for preparing for your holidays this year!
Our Thanksgiving Table @bucksome What will be on your table this year?
5 Easy Ways to Waste Money at the Market @deliverawaydebt Everyone eats, everyone can save too.
How To Start Planning For Christmas And Save @canadianfinance Proper planning can save you $$!
30 Days of Homemade Gifts - No Sew Crafts @notmadeofmoney All you need is some fleece, a pair of scissors-your kids will love this.
Stores That Offer Layaway @OutofDebtAgain Layaway makes a comeback!
Birthdays, and Weddings, and Gifts, OH MY! @punchdebt Cure gift giving anxiety.
A Gift Card Guide for the Holidays @nytimesmoney "Thanks to new laws, gift cards are now required to be more consumer friendly than in the past."
How to avoid holiday stress @frugalzeitgeist Tips to help you stay sane over the holidays.
Black Friday Onslaught: Truly Frugal Holidays @consumerismcommentary It happens earlier every year-are you ready to have a frugal holiday season?
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So far as Thanksgiving goes, my family all meets at one person;s house for Thanksgiving dinner and everybody cooks a dish so no one person is burdened with the cost of the meal or the time and effort it takes to prepare it. Also, no one is really left with turkey and ham for 4-5 days afterwards. It does cut down on the expense of the meal for everybody involved.
Good for you! It looks like your family tradition makes the meal planning easy for everyone and is a great way to avoid all the leftovers!